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Q1: What health disciplines can become involved in the HFTC?

A: Any health discipline can become involved in the HealthFusion Team Challenge . Health professions have included but are not restricted to Audiology, Dentistry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Paramedics, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Speech Pathology and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Q2: How many students are allowed in each team?

A: There are a minimum of four and a maximum of six students permitted in each team. These students can be any combination of health professionals however there must only be one of any profession represented in each team.

Q3: How much does it cost to participate in the HFTC?

A: Universities are encouraged to seek corporate sponsors or internal funding to cover the costs of holding an intra-university event as well as attending the Trans-Tasman HealthFusion Team Challenge. Any fees, accommodation and living costs associated with participation in the TT HFTC will be arranged at the discretion of each individual university. Some universities may cover student costs, others may not. Students should contact their university representative to find out more.

From 2014, the TT HFTC Team Fee is AUD$1000. This will be used to cover basic costs for the event, such as catering and event organisation. HealthFusion is a not-for-profit organisation.

Q4: What format is the case study?

A: The case study can consist of resource videos, paper resources and interviews with a standardised patient. All resources related to the case study can be downloaded from that event's Member's Only Section on the HFTC website. Correct registration and participation validation for you event is required in order to access this area. Each HealthFusion Team Challenge event has a new case study that is developed by the team at HealthFusion, working in collaboration with an interprofessional panel of experts from the relevant field.

Q5: How long do students have to prepare the management plan?

A: The clinical case study is traditionally released three to four weeks before the live public competition.

Q6: Is the HFTC a high profile event?

A: Yes. Each year the HFTC attracts hundreds of student, academic and professional observers. The HFTC may also be attended by members of parliament; university deans; government policy makers; registration board members; undergraduate students; practicing clinicians; community rehabilitation clinics; and family and friends.

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Q1. What is the first step in getting a local HealthFusion Team Challenge up and running?

A: Get your Faculty Deanís support.

Q2: What is the second step in getting a local HealthFusion Team Challenge up and running?

A: Form an academic advisory team.

Q3: What is an academic advisory team?

A: An academic advisory team is a panel of academic representatives from each of the professional disciplines that wish to be involved in your local HealthFusion Team Challenge. This team is crucial to the success of any HFTC. They represent the interests of their professional discipline and provide valuable input and insight into creating the clinical case, nominating mentors and recruiting students from their school/division.

Q4: Can my University get help from HealthFusion with sponsorship and marketing for our intra-university HFTC event?

A: HealthFusion is happy to offer verbal advice and basic promotional materials to assist in the promotion of your in-house event. However, marketing and obtaining sponsorship is the responsibility of the host university. Additional materials and support beyond this are available through our consultation service. Please contact us for more information.

Q5: My University would like to take part in the Trans-Tasman HFTC, can we partner with other universities if we do not have enough health professions to make up a team?

A: Yes, universities may submit a joint team with another institution to the TT HFTC. Teams may opt to submit one team with a conjoined team name, or two teams branded under each university, but containing students from both organisations.

Q6: Do I have to be associated with a university to compete?

To compete in the TT HFTC, students must be a current university student, however teams representing university-affiliated clinical education teams and ward teams may compete as a "Wild Card" entry. Contact the HFTC for more information.

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Q1. I would like to join a HealthFusion Team Challenge, how do I register?

A: For both intra-university and the Trans-Tasman HealthFusion Team Challenge competitions, you will need to contact your HFTC university representative. If your university is not yet involved in a HFTC, talk to your Flecturers about the opportunity to become involved.

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Q2: How do I know if my health discipline is able to participate in the HFTC?

A: Consult with your HealthFusion Team Challenge university representative. Each university caters for a slightly different range of health professions. Generally speaking though, if its a health profession, we'll welcome it.

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Q3: How many people will I have to present in front of?

A: The audience of each HealthFusion Team Challenge varies, so you could be presenting for anywhere between 100-500 people, depending on the type of HFTC event.

Q4: Why sort of time commitment is the HFTC?

A: Past students have indicated that approximately 10-12 hours was spent in preparation of their management plan over the course of the 3-4 week preparation period.

Q5: Do we get to choose our own teams?

A: No, students are randomly allocated into teams.

Q6: Do we have to wear uniforms on the day of the competition?

A: Uniforms are not strictly required to participate in the TT HFTC, however your team may like to wear some sort of colourful or branded t-shirt on the day. These may be supplied by your university. Uniforms are very helpful for the judges to tell teams apart and also help you stand out. If at all in doubt, your clinical clothes are usually a good option. We also suggest you wear closed in shoes. The decision to supply uniforms for intra-university HFTC events is up to the host university.

Q7: Will I get time off from my studies to participate in the HFTC?

A: The HFTC is an extra-curricular activtity and preparing for the case study and developing your management plan is typically done in your own time. However, participating universities have agreed to grant time off for students to attend the Trans-Tasman HealthFusion Team Challenge (TT HFTC).

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A: There are a range of benefits from financial to the less tangible. Please see the Information for Students section.

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